CAT board votes for merger alternative, but plan awaits TOT backing

11 Jul 2018

Thai state-owned CAT Telecom’s board has approved a proposal for a merger with its sister fixed line operator TOT to create a stronger business and eliminate redundant investments, the Bangkok Post reports, adding that the proposed plan is supported by CAT’s labour union, whilst the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Digital Economy & Society has also expressed support for the idea in principle. However, the merger plan – an alternative to a suspended state telco restructuring programme – has not yet gained support from TOT’s board or labour union.

CAT’s labour union president Sungvorn Poomtian noted that the alternative merger scheme was proposed in April this year after the government suspended a plan to spin off TOT and CAT operations into new subsidiaries – National Broadband Network company (NBN) and Neutral Gateway & Data Centre company (NGDC) – following a lawsuit against the move filed by the unions of both CAT and TOT in the Central Administrative Court.